Arts & Culture

Vietnam pulls 'Abominable' film over South China Sea map

Animation film pulled over scene that shows map with China's unilaterally declared 'nine-dash line' of South China Sea.

Vietnam pulls 'Abominable' film over South China Sea map

The Listening Post

The propaganda films of apartheid-era South Africa

In the 1970s and 80s, the apartheid government funded a little-known film scheme aimed at black South Africans.

Cinema

Meet Zoha Rahman - Spiderman's first ever hijabi character

British actress will star as Peter Parker's Muslim friend in Marvel's latest blockbuster, Spider-Man: Far from Home.

Meet Zoha Rahman - Spiderman's first ever hijabi character

LGBT

GLAAD: LGBTQ representation in film is up, but not for all

Organisation says while LGBTQ representation was up for major films last year, none included transgender characters.

GLAAD: LGBTQ representation in film is up, but not for all

India

In a Mumbai slum, acting school stirs Bollywood ambitions

Underprivileged students learn craft and try to overcome cinema industry's barriers such as nepotism and colourism.

In a Mumbai slum, acting school stirs Bollywood ambitions

Latin America

Ridicule of indigenous Oscar nod highlights racism in Mexico

Yalitza Aparicio was the first indigenous woman to be nominated for best actress, but public reaction reflects persistent discrimination.

Africa

Burkina Faso showcases African films at festival

African cinema is a growing market, estimated to be worth two billion dollars a year, and the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou is showing off more than 160 examples.

Bollywood

Bollywood actor Kader Khan dies

Tributes pour in for Afghan-born actor who featured in more than 300 films.

Bollywood actor Kader Khan dies

Asia Pacific

Crouching Tiger star to donate $715m fortune

The 63-year-old, who is reportedly worth $715m, says he and his wife want to give the money to charity after his death.

Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-fat vows to donate his entire fortune

Cuba

At Havana film festival, Cuban filmmakers fight censorship

Pushing the boundaries despite strong censorship, thousands turn out to see this year's offerings at the Havana international film festival.

Oscars

Actor Kevin Hart withdraws as Oscars host after homophobic tweets

In tweets posted several years ago, Hart made several homophobic remarks that led to the controversy and withdrawal.

Actor Kevin Hart withdraws as Oscars host after homophobic tweets

Arts & Culture

Qatar hosts sixth Ajyal film festival highlighting local cinema

The festival highlights local Qatari filmmakers as well as international films from over 30 countries.

The Listening Post

Russia's big patriotic screen: Making films for the motherland

Russia's cinematic efforts to produce patriotic films and documentaries.

Asia

Bollywood and MeToo: Film industry lifts sexual abuse taboo

From violence and harassment to the gender pay gap and intimidation, abuse is widely reported. But is anyone listening?

Bollywood and MeToo: Film industry lifts sexual abuse taboo

Opinion

Charles Aznavour to the East of his Eden

Charles Aznavour, the French Viguen Derderian or the Armenian Abdel Halim Hafez, died at age 94.

Hamid Dabashi

by Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi